Dura-Bar is an ideal choice for several types of parts used in wind power generators, most notably hydraulic components like pumps, manifolds, and cylinders as well as bearings, gears and other parts. Hydraulic systems are used to move windmills’ large turbines to take advantage of prevailing winds.
Perhaps the biggest benefit that makes Dura-Bar an attractive material for wind generator components is its 10% weight advantage over steel. Weight is an important consideration in wind power generation where components need to be lightweight for more efficient production of electricity. Additionally, with turbine towers often exceeding 300 feet in height and wind conditions fluctuating dramatically, maintenance of wind generators is extremely difficult and costly, so Dura-Bar’s quality and durability are also key factors when choosing the material for a specific component.
Wind power continues to be a growing industry in the U.S. In fact, the American Wind Energy Association expects some 7,500 megawatts of wind power capacity by the end of the year, far surpassing last year’s record of 5,249 megawatts. But where can you find manufacturers actively involved in the wind power industry? The Association’s Third Quarter 2008 Market Report lists more than 35 companies that are currently expanding or have announced plans to expand. Several of these manufacturers are in the eastern Iowa/southwest Wisconsin area, with others clustered in Texas and Colorado. (Click here to view the report)